Clatskanie Cultural Center
Transformed from an Eyesore to an Elegant Event Venue
The restoration of the historic, but badly dilapidated Clatskanie I.O.O.F. Hall/ Avalon Theatre building into the Clatskanie Cultural Center was an enormous, decade-long, $3 million project undertaken by the Clatskanie Foundation in partnership with the Clatskanie Arts Commission and the City of Clatskanie.
It is the largest, privately-funded, non-profit venture ever accomplished in the Clatskanie area. Sparked by a $500,000 bequest from C. Keith Birkenfeld, the descendant of Clatskanie and Nehalem Valley Pioneers, the project drew large grants from private foundations throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as donations ranging in size from a few dollars to $30,000 from local families, businesses and industries.
Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Clatskanie Cultural Center in the home of the City of Clatskanie, the Birkenfeld Theatre, a spacious Ballroom, and an attractive retail space. The Birkenfeld Theatre is the venue for Clatskanie Arts Commission performances, and is available to rent, along with the Ballroom, for private events.
For more details click on the buttons: "Scheduled Events," "Facility Rentals," and "Wedding Venue."
100 PERCENT OF ALL CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE CULTURAL CENTER ARE DEDICATED TO THAT PROJECT AND TAX-EXEMPT DONATIONS FOR ITS LONG-TERM MAINTENANCE ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED.